Bill aims to make it easier to teach them
By Joe Hanel
Senate Bill 57 authorizes schools to hire people fluent in native languages, even though they might not have a teaching license.
“The tribes have such a great opportunity to get the tribal elders involved in the program,” said Ernest House Jr., secretary of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.
Although Southwest Colorado has the state’s only two Indian reservations, the bill is modeled on a program in Denver Public Schools. Denver has the state’s highest Indian population, including an especially large group of Lakota people.